What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?
When cared for properly, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, certain oral conditions and other factors may impact the health of oral structures supporting implants, resulting in a condition known as peri-implantitis. The primary cause of failing dental implants, peri-implantitis is an infection that occurs in the gum and bone tissues around your implants. Implants can fail due to other causes such as improper placement or inadequate bone levels.
Factors contributing to failing dental implants and peri-implantitis include poor oral hygiene, previous gum disease, excess dental cement, uneven biting surfaces, smoking and diabetes. Similar to gum disease, peri-implantitis is a destructive oral condition that can lead to failing dental implants and loss of your tooth replacement investment, if left untreated.